Thursday, June 20, 2013
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COVINGTON -- The Newton County Board of Education will hold just one meeting this month.
Instead of a normal separated work session and regular monthly meeting, it will hold a combined meeting Tuesday.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the board room at the Newton County BOE building, which also is located at the Newton Drive location.
At the meeting, the board is expected to approve a final budget for the 2013-14 school year, which begins July 1.
In May, the board approved a $149.5 million tentative budget. The board is still considering changes to Ombudsman alternative school transportation and the addition or rearranging of school nurses.
The proposed budget, which takes about $6 million from reserves, includes four furlough days for staff, instead of the current six, and some teachers may receive a step increase because the state has a minimum salary requirement.
Also on the board's agenda for Tuesday are various contracts for next school year, a waiver for alternative education and a class size resolution.
The meeting is the last one for retiring Superintendent Gary Mathews. Incoming Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey is scheduled to take over later this month, after Mathews leaves following Tuesday's meeting.
The school board will hold another combined meeting on July 16. It will return to a normal meeting schedule for August through November and hold another combined meeting in December.